May 26th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama cites Gulf oil spill in alternative energy push

(CNN) - President Barack Obama used the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to renew his pitch for alternative energy Wednesday, arguing that the unfolding environmental disaster "gives you a sense of where we're going" without comprehensive reform.

The federal government is "going to bring every resource necessary to put a stop" to the spill, the president said during a visit to a solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. "We will not rest until this well is shut, the environment is repaired, and the cleanup is complete."

But, he added, "a lot of damage has been done already. The spill in the Gulf, which is just heartbreaking, only underscores the necessity" of seeking alternative fuel sources.

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A failure to enact comprehensive energy reform, he argued, would pose a threat to national security and the economy, as well as the environment.

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  1. TH - ATL Conservative

    I'd like for Obama to speak for once without reading it. I have never hated a President more than this dirt bag! Stop talking about the Oil Spill mess and do something about it!

    Hey Obama, Show me the baby, don't tell me about the labor pains!!

    May 26, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President:

    PLEASE do NOT take the bait! They will whine, and cry, and beg and plead but don't you get your size 13's anywhere NEAR that oil spill fiasco. IT IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM, IT'S BP's MESS.

    They are trying to suck you in Mr. President, so that they can then talk about how long it took you to fix it when you FINALLY took ownership of the 'WORST OIL SPILL IN THE WORLD'! You can put your boot on BP's neck and apply pressure, and more pressure until they cough up and do the right thing. But don't let your achy-braky compassionate heart get SUCKED into this black hole. You'll live to regret it......

    May 26, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    .... UNLESS you have a surefire solution. Then, by all means, you go right ahead Mr. President, but until then your name's Wes...you ain't in this mess.

    May 26, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. dc

    If you think this is bad, wait until you see the safety valve/plans at our nuclear plants. This is a joke! We don't need companies drilling off our coast. We need Sun, Wind and Water as our new source of enegery. "Cap and Trade", American made.

    May 26, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Here it comes..... an excuse to keep America weak. Obama will use this disaster to promote the left's agenda, rather than take responsibility. Shameful.

    May 26, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. pa mom

    Am I confused? Isn't this the man who was pushing to open up drilling our own resources until the BP disaster? I guess it is another means for Obama to spin his agenda. We have the hybrid cars but no one addressing the environmental damage caused by mining and processing the nickel. No one has addressed how to safely dispose of these heavy metals. No one seems to care about the multiple shipping trips it takes til the hybrids are on a sales lot. I guess Obama wants to spend money, take control of energy and rectify problems at a later date.

    May 26, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Eric

    Yes, because as Rham said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

    Obama's response to the spill could be praised by the phrase, "You're doin' a heck of a job, Barry."

    Maybe the 'Bamster should be more concerned with the "oil spill" that is his public approval standing... Rasmussen has him today at his lowest approval numbers since taking office (-22). Bummer, Barry.

    Maybe you can scare up some of that shiny feelgood hopenchange to distract us, hmm? Or, like everything else in your world, are your low poll numbers somehow "Bush's fault?"

    May 26, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Sgt. USMC

    I am not used to a President with such drive and determination to do the right thing even if it is not the popular thing to do.

    Proud American.

    May 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    Yup, never let a crisis be wasted if it can be used to your political advantage! Obozo isn't even TRYING to conceal this anymore...

    May 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. David in Houston

    To all the ill-informed folks posting preposterous comments claiming this spill is somehow Obama's fault...I think you might be wearing your tin-foil hats a bit too tight!

    Please pull those "Drill Baby Drill" stickers off of your gas-guzzling SUV's and put them where they belong...over your mouths!

    May 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Glenn Doty

    Sadly, there are genuine answers out there that are simply excluded from the discussion.

    Each party has their pre-approved alternative energy platforms. They support THESE ideas and oppose ALL other ideas. There's no ideology, market strategy, or economic rationalle behind either party's choices... But the battle lines are drawn.

    If we don't have more open-ness to innovation and new ideas, we will remain forever dependent on oil and coal... because of the current options only wind power is viable, and that cannot continue to scale without a grid stability solution.

    May 26, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. dale

    Geez this guy just won't quit until we are paying 6 bucks per gallon. Why don't someone ask how we'll get the other bi-products from oil? To get them we need to strip out the gasoline first. What will we do with the gas since it's only good to create energy with? Pump it back down a well? Yeah that's real environmentally friendly. Stupid people and you don't even know enough to ask the question.
    Prices will go through the roof. Maybe that's the plan.

    May 26, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. David

    This is why the GOP is avoiding over-politicizing this spill – doing so will only bolster the move away from oil and the uber large corporations like BP that are the backbone of the GOP.

    May 26, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. dale

    Do your research people. This is nothing more than vreating another giant problem that they don't know how to deal with.
    Liberal hype with no good answers but you can bet the bank on one thing, you will be paying for their big plans.

    May 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. one voice

    Screw the greedy oil companies, go with alternative energy full bore NOW.

    May 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. JonDie

    Duh. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the BP fiasco. The U.S. holds 3% of the known oil reserves but we use 25% of the world's oil. Thus, we can NEVER drill our way out of this, all we can do is destroy ourselves trying. We need begin ending our reliance on oil NOW.

    May 26, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. R. Emanuel

    Never let a serious crisis go to waste.

    May 26, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. DIANA

    I hope he keeps this promise. We're destroying our home. This is something he should have done since day one. I support him but something needs to be done. Each day, I'm afraid the Mayans really knew something after all.

    May 26, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. haren

    Before tea party, Republican and Fox news blame Obama for oil spill.
    They should look in to the mirror, they are the one who wants less government and deregulate everything.
    Now they want to blame Obama and government to clean up the mess created by Bush and cheney.

    May 26, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Dano

    I agree 100% Mr. President. It's too bad we didn't start this search in earnest back in the 70's during the Arab Oil Embargo. We could be telling the petro-terrorists and the big oil companies where to stick their oil by now.

    May 26, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    I agree. We have to ween ourselves from oil and find other sources of fuel..... and I design downhole tools for the oil patch!

    Seriously, are we going to let Germany, Japan, China get ahead of us with new energy technologies? Oil will not last forever, or even through my lifetime. We have got to get in front of the curve or we will be swept into the dustbin of history as one more large society that couldn't think beyond it's own petty differences.

    There is a lot to be said for the American individualism. It has made us the envy of the world.
    There is also much to be said of the American ability to pull together to do the GREAT things. Space travel, the highway system. the military..... Now is the time for us to come together again to pioneer new energy technologies that the REST of the world will need in the near future.

    May 26, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. gg

    DRILL BABY DRILL STATES IS WHINE BABY WHINE what happened to keep goverment out of private buisness. iguess that was last week,s slogon

    May 26, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Obama should stick his head in the pipe. That would stop the leak and do wonders for the economy.

    May 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Lets deal with the SPILL..

    No need to sidetrack by going another route for now...do action what needs fixing for now....."Leadership man this is what the Gulf need now................................................................................................................!

    May 26, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Amazing the way Divine Order goes about manifesting itself, in spite of all we do, isn't it?

    We're selfishly pushing to have more and more oil. Depleting our Earth of it's natural resources for our consumption and greed.....then all of a sudden BOOM!

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Believe that.

    May 26, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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